Even though it seems like school just let out for summer vacation, back to school sales and shopping is already in full swing. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers will spend about $68 billion this year on back to school items, up 42% over the past decade.

Back to school shopping can be a stressful and expensive experience for parents and students alike, but, luckily, it doesn’t have to be. Understanding how to make technology and social media work for you to find the best deals, and knowing what items to wait a few months to purchase, will allow you to save money while back to school shopping.

Click on the links below for the full press release and a few tips for the modern, tech-savvy consumer to help you navigate back to school sales this year:

Press Release on Marketwired >>

Press Release on Yahoo! Finance >>

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